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'''Eleanora Fagan''' (April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959), professionally known as '''Billie Holiday''', was an American jazz musician and singer-songwriter with a career spanning nearly thirty years. Nicknamed "'''Lady Day'''" by her friend and music partner Lester Young, Holiday had a seminal influence on jazz music and pop music|pop singing. Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating Phrase (music)|phrasing and tempo. Holiday was known for her vocal delivery and improvisation skills, which made up for her limited range and lack of formal music education. After a turbulent childhood, Holiday began singing in nightclubs around Harlem. After being heard by producer John Hammond (producer)|John Hammond, who commended her voice, Holiday was signed to Brunswick Records in 1935. Collaborations with Teddy Wilson yielded the hit "What a Little Moonlight Can Do",...
Birth nameEleanora Fagan
AliasLady Day
Birth date{{Birth date|1915|4|7|mf=y}}
Birth placePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
OriginHarlem, New York, U.S.
Death date{{Death date and age|mf=yes|1959|7|17|1915|4|7}}
Death placeNew York City, New York, U.S.
InstrumentSinging|Vocals
GenreVocal jazz, jazz blues, torch songs, Swing music|swing, blues, R&B
OccupationSinger-songwriter
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